Technic Noob question
Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:11 AM
1) I understand how the power functions and engines work, but the sets without power functions... are they just models? For instance, I've read reviews where people complain about stiff suspension on a car, but if you're just rolling it around by hand, does it even need suspension?
2) The gear box. This one I just don't understand. What do you do with a 5 speed gear box, when there's no power functions in the set?
3) Some sets have power functions, but no remote. Does that mean you turn it on and it moves until it hits a wall? At which time you pick it up and face it in another direction?
I think I'm missing something and sadly, from what I can tell, the lego site doesn't really explain a lot. Some of the technic sets look quite impressive and I'd be interested in purchasing them, but I'd just like to know more. Also, I've read reviews that have talked about chasis, 4 wheel steering and 4 wheel drive, which are cool, but the set didn't come with power functions... so again, how do you use the steering and the 4 wheel drive?
Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:31 AM
People build gearboxes and suspensions and whatnot despite having no gas engine purely for the love of machinery. Just use your imagination.
Usually if there's no remote, the power function is not for driving around, but is something simple, like reeling in the winch on a crane model.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:46 AM
Full details on the Siegfried About Me page!
Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:43 PM
If you want to see how LEGO Technic sets work, then go to Technicopedia. Only the sets up until 1985 are contained there so far, but you will at least get to see how Technic functions work. Technic functions exist for the sole purpose of existing! They demonstrate how real mechanical systems work, which you can build with your own hands and then observe in operation. Whether the reciprocating engine and gearbox turn via a motor or via your own hands doesn't really matter, you still get to see it work. Also note that a large majority of Technic models which do not come with motors can be motorized by adding a supplemental motor. This is generally in the instructions.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:31 PM
The thing is, it doesn't stop there. Some people have made fully functional automatic gearboxes (see video), limited-slip differentials, pneumatic piston engines, continously variable transmissions, different kinds of walkers (this one uses a limited-slip diff!) and the lot.
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